Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal is grateful that government leaders and public-health officials recognize that care of the soul is as essential for every human person as is care of the body in their decision to allow, as of tomorrow, up to 250 people in places of worship.

“Faced with the distress, loneliness and suffering precipitated by the current 10-person restriction, pastoral teams within the diocese have rallied, as best they could, to offer spiritual support to believers. Today, we welcome the news with joy and gratitude," said Archbishop Lépine.

The Catholic Church in Montreal is determined to ensure that all activities in its places of worship adhere rigorously to the current health regulations.